By Dale Baker.


Some dark as night,

Others skin like honey.

Beautiful and bright,

Worth more than money.

Educated and proud,

Melanin of Kings and Queens.

Black and loud,

Oh, to know what black love means.

Hard to explain,

Never boring nor plain.

Strong in every way,

Black and proud is never hard to say.


Dale is a junior at the University of Iowa, hailing from the South side of Chicago.